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ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION SECTION II Total time—2 hours Question 1 (Suggested time—40 minutes. This question counts as one-third of the total essay section score.) In Billy Collin’s poem “On Turning Ten,” published in 1995, the speaker reflects on a tenth birthday. Read the poem carefully. Then, in a well-written essay, analyze how Collins uses literary elements and techniques to convey the complexity of the speaker’s attitude. In your response you should do the following: Respond to the prompt with a thesis that presents a defensible interpretation. Select and use evidence to support your line of reasoning. Explain how the evidence supports your line of reasoning. Use appropriate grammar and punctuation in communicating your argument. On Turning Ten The whole idea of it makes me feel like I’m coming down with something, something worse than any stomach ache or the headaches I get from reading in bad light— Line 5 a kind of measles of the spirit, a mumps of the psyche, a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

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